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#1269285 - 09/16/09 12:35 PM A Giant Musical Instrument – Playing the Building
Betty Patnude Offline
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Registered: 06/11/07
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Loc: Puyallup, Washington
Experimental Public Art, NYC, Musician-Artist David Byrne


Quoted from the article: "Since the 1990s the Scottish-American musician David Byrne of Talking Heads fame has been dabbling in the art world. The results are extraordinary. Experimental installation work is his bag."

1) A Giant Musical Instrument – Playing the Building
The Battery Maritime Building, a century-old ferry terminal in Manhattan and converted the entire structure into a giant musical instrument. He hooked up every element of the building – pipes, radiators, columns, walls – to an old pipe organ and called the installation ‘Playing the Building’. Visitors could tap the walls and run their hands over the radiators and as the title suggests, play the building.

Also, a 2nd project of his is:
2) Bike Racks
In collaboration with the NYC Department of Transportation his latest project is a series of nine bike racks installed on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, which are also public art.
To see Photos in article: Click here

Enterprising man!

Betty Patnude

#1352078 - 01/17/10 06:42 PM Re: A Giant Musical Instrument – Playing the Building [Re: Betty Patnude]
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
very interesting Betty. I used to be a big fan of the talking heads. I cannot find news of the Battery Maritime Building tho..

(i'll probably have to pm you).
accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)


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